I have battled bulimia (exercise and laxatives) for 20 years. So little is written and spoken about men with eating disorders. How do we shed a spotlight on the men whose lives (work, family, relationships) are negatively affected by this stubborn sickness?
— Thomas I., Los Angeles, California
My work is women-centered because in the many years I've been teaching and writing, it is almost exclusively women who have come to my workshops and retreats and read my books. But the issues beneath compulsion are human issues and affect us all. The discomfort, the struggle, the desire to bolt. So, Thomas, welcome! And the answer to how you shed a spotlight on the men whose lives are negatively affected is by you taking the first step and speaking up, speaking out. Informing us that you, too, know what it feels like. That will encourage other men to speak up as well. Good for you. Thank you.
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Geneen Roth's books were among the first to link compulsive eating and perpetual dieting with deeply personal and spiritual issues that go far beyond food, weight and body image. She believes that we eat the way we live and that our relationships to food, money and love are exact reflections of our deeply held beliefs about ourselves and the amount of joy, abundance, pain and scarcity we believe we have (or are allowed) to have in our lives.
Geneen has appeared on many national television shows, including
The Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, The NBC Nightly News, The View and
Good Morning America. Articles about Geneen and her work have appeared in numerous publications, including
O, The Oprah Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Time, Elle, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune and
The Philadelphia Inquirer. She has written a monthly column in
Good Housekeeping magazine since 2007. Roth is the author of eight books, including
The New York Times best-seller
When Food Is Love and a memoir about love and loss,
The Craggy Hole in My Heart. Women, Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything is her newest book.
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Make peace with your body
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